Tulsi Gabbard, the congresswoman from Hawaii, has finally ended her campaign to be the next Democratic presidential nominee. She was the last remaining woman in the contest after Elizabeth Warren quit the race within two days of a poor showing on Super Tuesday.
Although a long shot from the very beginning, Gabbard, who won two delegates, both in American Samoa, has always been a controversial candidate. And the choice for her endorsement now that she has dropped out of the race is also somewhat contentious- she endorsed Joe Biden, a surprise move given she was one of the few Congressional Democrats to back Bernie Sanders in 2016.
“Although I may not agree with the vice-president on every issue, I know that he has a good heart, and he’s motivated by his love for our country and the American people,” Gabbard said.
“I’m confident that he will lead our country guided by the spirit of aloha, respect, and compassion, and thus help heal the divisiveness that has been tearing our country apart.”
Gabbard, 38, had a varied collection of supporters, comprising of anti-war Democrats, independent voters, libertarians, and even Republicans. Still, she did not have enough support to trouble the better-known candidates.
Despite endorsing Biden instead of Sanders, Gabbard had a special message for the Vermont senator in her announcement.
“I want to extend my best wishes to my friends Bernie Sanders, his wife Jane, Nina Turner, and their many supporters for the work that they’ve done,” Gabbard said. (Turner is the national co-chairperson of Sanders’ 2020 campaign.)
She said, “I have such a great appreciation for Senator Sanders’ love for our country and the American people and his sincere desire to improve the lives of all Americans.”